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    Bielsko-Biala city purchases rare specimen of Fiat 126p 

    Bielsko-Biala has bought a collector’s, never-registered, 33-year-old Fiat 126p. Hence, it is in connection with the 50th anniversary of the start of production of the car in the city, which falls this year, reported Emilia Klejmont of the Bielsko-Biała town hall’s press department.

    “The car can be viewed in the lobby of the Bielsko Cultural Centre,” Klejmont told PAP.

    The official communicated that the purchased Fiat 126p is a car in brick red colour, for connoisseurs No 75 Polifarb.

    “It is a very rare specimen. The car was made in 1990 and has never been registered. It is fully original. (…) The extra canned paint that its owner received when he bought the car is still in liquid condition. Quite simply, the Fiat has the original wraps on the rear seats. Due to the collector’s condition of the car and bad road conditions, the car came from Gliwice to Bielsko-Biała on a covered trailer,” said Emilia Klejmont in a press release.

    The first cars came off the line of the Bielsko-Biala-based Fabryka Samochodow Malolitrazowych (FSM – a Polish small cars factory – ed.) in 1971. They were Syrena cars. On 29 October 1971, a licence agreement was concluded for the production of the Fiat 126. The car recieved the symbol: p – Polish. Assembly of these cars began in 1973. Finally, more than 3.3 million “Maluchs” left the assembly line by September 2000.

    For more photos of the Fiat 126p by Paweł Sowa click here.

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